I like to offer my opinion, but had to learn as I grew up that there are appropriate and inappropriate occasions for that. The most appropriate time and place ever is the voting booth on election day. I couldn’t wait to turn 18 and go express myself on a ballot.
In all of the intervening years (there have been a lot) I’ve only ever missed voting in one election. There was a single city bond issue at stake and I had a stomach virus. I still regret how the world was deprived of my input.
I have a plan tomorrow. It involves dragging a 20-year-old along. He was diligently researching and filling out his sample ballot yesterday. He’s a responsible, informed, caring person, and would vote even if I didn’t make him. But I want to do it as a mother-son activity, so I’m making him accompany me early, before I go to work.
What’s your plan for voting? Or have you cast your ballot already? If you don’t yet know where to show up or what to bring, check that here. Your voice matters. If you can at all, show up and vote.
2 thoughts on “Vote!”
I just voted, along with a young man in his 30s who lives in the apartment next to mine. (I offered him a ride to our polling place.) As I was voting, there were two very young men, one white, one black, voting on either side of me. I wanted to hug them all.
Wonderful! When I went this morning I experienced the longest line I’ve ever seen at my polling place. My son and I waited in for 25 minutes to get our ballots. I was number 293 at 8:35 a.m.
It was great to see.